The 8 Best Mattresses For Adjustable Beds, According To Our Editors

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The best mattresses for adjustable beds bend and flex with any adjustable base, are sturdy enough to hold up well over time and offer exceptional comfort and support. Most mattresses in a box are compatible with adjustable bases, but there are a few more factors to consider to get the most out of your setup. Our sleep editors compared dozens of options to narrow your search, based on their experience testing hundreds of mattresses. Right now, our top pick is the Nectar Premier because its memory foam construction pairs seamlessly with an adjustable base without compromising on comfort or support.

But, all of our recommendations have excellent flexibility, so if you’re looking for something else, chances are we have you covered. Read on for more of our top options, and while you’re at it, check out our guides on the best adjustable bases and the best adjustable bed and mattress combos for an all-in-one solution.

Best Overall Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Nectar Premier Best Affordable Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Dreamcloud Hybrid Mattress Best Cooling Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Saatva Classic Best Customizable King For Adjustable Beds: Nest Sparrow Signature Hybrid Best Memory Foam Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Best “Upper Half Split King” For Adjustable Beds: Saatva Solaire Best Hybrid Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Purple Restore Premier Mattress Best Latex Mattress For Adjustable Beds: Saatva Zenhaven

Best Overall Mattress For Adjustable Beds

A Cooling Memory Foam With Just-Right Flexibility

Nectar Premier Mattress (Queen)

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Type: Memory foam | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Cooling upgrades, motion isolation, pressure relief, lifetime warranty | Firmness: Medium firm

The Nectar Premier is everything a great memory foam mattress should be. Dual-action cooling features combat heat retention, while Certipur-US certified foams minimize motion transfer and hug you closely to ease pressure point pain. The all-foam construction means the Nectar Premier flexes beautifully on an adjustable base, while 7 inches of base layer foam ensure structure and stability for long-term performance. The mattress also comes in a split king, a size that works particularly well on adjustable bases by ensuring personalized comfort on both sides of the bed.

It gets better — with the Nectar Adjustable Bundle, you can save on the Nectar Premier (or any of Nectar’s mattresses), the brand’s adjustable base and its best-selling bedding bundle, which includes sheets, pillows and a mattress protector.

What our experts say: “If you’re a sucker for a good dupe, the Nectar Premier has a similar dense memory foam feel to Tempur-Pedic but costs a fraction of the price. It feels pretty firm upon first impressions, but it slowly starts to hug your curves as it softens under your body. I think it’s best for back, stomach and combination sleepers, but may be a little too soft for dominant side sleepers — especially if you’re petite,” says mattress editor McKenzie Dillon.

Pros:

Memory foam bends easily with adjustable baseGood for couples; excels at motion isolationPressure-relieving

Cons:

Some sleepers don’t like it has enough of a “sink-in” feel

Best Affordable Mattress For Adjustable Beds

A Luxury Hybrid With Stable Support

Dreamcloud Hybrid Mattress (Queen)

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Type: Hybrid | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Breathable design, Certipur-US certified foams, lifetime warranty | Firmness: Medium firm

This luxury hybrid mattress combines layers of memory foam with coils for pressure relief, support and a medium-firm feel — all for less than $1,000. While the uppermost layers are gently contouring, there’s plenty of pushback support. That’s thanks to a base of individually wrapped coils, which move independently for targeted support and flex well to accommodate the movement of an adjustable base. We also like its breathable cashmere blend cover, cooling gel memory foam and innerspring coils, which work together to promote more airflow.

At 14 inches, this mattress is on the tall side, so although it is compatible with adjustable bases, it’s worth keeping the overall height of both the mattress and base in mind before you buy.

What our experts say: “I personally know two people who own a Dreamcloud mattress and they both swear by it. If you ask me, I think it’s a comfortable hybrid mattress with a medium-firm profile and blended foam feel. It’s made with memory foam, but it’s easier to move around on because it’s more responsive. At the same time, the Dreamcloud Hybrid is good at deadening movement if you have a tossy-turny partner,” says Dillon.

Pros:

Budget friendly; priced under $700Breathable and coolingFlexible, thanks to the individually-wrapped coils

Cons:

14-inches tall; on the thicker side for an adjustable bed

Best Cooling Mattress For Adjustable Beds

A Hybrid Innerspring With The Right Amount Of Flex

Saatva Classic Mattress (Queen)

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Type: Hybrid | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Choice of firmness, available in unique sizing, dual-coil design for cooler sleep | Firmness: Plush soft, luxury firm and firm

Saatva calls its Classic Mattress a luxury innerspring, thanks to its responsive feel and plush comfort layers. It’s brimming with upgraded features, from the cushioning Euro top to the patented Lumbar Zone technology, which promises healthy spinal alignment in any sleep position. Hybrid mattresses naturally promote better air circulation than foam options, and this one goes one step further with a dual-coil design that minimizes heat retention. The organic cotton cover is also naturally breathable.

The mattress comes in a choice of firmnesses and two heights, but only the 11.5-inch profile is compatible with adjustable bases. It’s available as a split king and a split California king, a size that can be difficult to find. Bonus — Saatva offers a small discount if you add one of the brand’s bases to your mattress purchase.

What our experts say: “The Saatva Classic sets itself apart from a sea of online mattresses with a strong dual-coil design and reinforcements for support and pain relief in almost every layer. It’s one of the nicest beds you can get for the money, and its range of firmness levels can accommodate most sleeping positions. I like the plush model because it sits around a medium on the [firmness] spectrum and I’m a combination sleeper,” says Dillon.

Pros:

Available in 3 firmness levelsErgonomic design is good for back painHybrid construction promotes airflow

Cons:

Only the 11.5-inch option is compatible with an adjustable base

Best Customizable King For Adjustable Beds

Dual Split Means No Comfort Compromise For Couples

Nest Sparrow Signature Hybrid (Queen)

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Type: Hybrid | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Choice of firmness, internal split for dual firmness options, sustainable design | Firmness: Plush, medium and firm

Adjustable bases are all about personalized comfort, and the same is true of the Nest Sparrow. The brand’s signature hybrid has a unique design that makes it possible to swap out the inner foam layer for the ideal firmness (and extend the lifespan of your mattress). In king and California king sizes, an optional internal split means both partners can customize the feel on their respective side.

The Sparrow is made with Energex foam, which the company describes as adaptive and responsive, with a memory foam-like feel but better breathability. A supportive coil layer adds additional flex to the mattress, making it well suited to adjustable bases.

What our experts say: “I think the medium model of this mattress has a true medium-firm feel that’s comfortable for back and side sleeping. I also found it isolates motion well, is responsive and has good cooling features — making it a great fit for a lot of couples out there. The ability to swap out the comfort layer for a new one or one with a different firmness level is also a great perk in my eyes,” says senior sleep editor Bridget Chapman.

Pros:

Comes in 3 firmnesses to suit a variety of preferencesGood for couples; each partner can customize their comfort level

Cons:

Internal split for dual firmness isn’t available for queen or full sizes

Best Memory Foam Mattress For Adjustable Beds

Engineered For Adjustable Base Compatibility

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt (Queen)

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Type: Memory foam | Trial: 90 nights | Key features: Pressure relief, choice of construction, free white glove delivery, available in unique sizing | Firmness: Medium

The Tempur-Adapt from Tempur-Pedic is a memory foam mattress with an optional hybrid upgrade. Both versions make for an 11-inch mattress that is designed for adjustable base compatibility, and both have the impressive pressure relief and motion isolation for which memory foam is known. That makes it a great pick for anyone looking to relieve back pain and couples who regularly disturb each other when they roll over in the night. The brand’s proprietary Tempur Material responds to pressure and temperature for support all night.

Like Saatva, Tempur-Pedic offers its mattresses in a split California king, which is a nice option.

What our experts say: “The Adapt boasts a traditional dense memory foam feel that people know and love Tempur-Pedic for, with enhanced features like a cooling cover that helps relieve hot sleepers. The brand rates the firmness around a medium, but I think it’s a little firmer and ideal for back, stomach and combination sleepers seeking ample support” says Dillon.

Pros:

Comes in both memory foam or hybrid constructionsExcels at pressure relief and motion isolation Available in unique sizes, like split California king

Cons:

Some sleeps found it more firm-feeling than a true ‘medium’

Best “Upper Half Split King” For Adjustable Bed

Individual Control Over Your Half Of The Bed

Saatva Solaire (Queen)

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Type: Air mattress | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Cooling upgrades, pressure relief, unique sizes available, lifetime warranty | Firmness: Adjustable with 50 options

The Saatva Solaire incorporates sophisticated air chamber technology that gives sleepers complete control over how the mattress feels on any given night. Fifty customizable firmness settings pair with pressure-relieving comfort layers featuring materials like gel-infused memory foam and latex, along with a naturally breathable organic cotton cover.

This 13-inch mattress comes in what the brand calls “upper-flex” for queen and king sizes. That means the head of the mattress moves independently on both sides. For full control over the head and foot of the mattress on either side, Saatva has a split option on king and California king mattresses. These options pair exclusively with Saatva’s adjustable bases, which is worth keeping in mind.

What our experts say: “I was really impressed by how plush and high-end this bed feels with all the technology inside it. I found the remote easy to use and I love that you can customize the firmness and feel for each side of the bed if you buy a queen size or larger,” says Chapman.

Pros:

50 customizable firmness settings give you control over the bed’s feelBoth sides of the mattress’s head move independentlyFree white glove delivery

Cons:

Expensive; it’s the priciest option on our list

Best Hybrid Mattress For Adjustable Beds

A Responsive Hybrid That Keeps You Supported All Night

MOST POPULAR

Purple Restore Premier Mattress (Queen)

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Type: Hybrid | Trial: 100 nights | Key features: Choice of firmness, hypoallergenic materials, temperature neutral | Firmness: Soft or firm

In the Restore Premier Mattress, Purple paired its proprietary Gelflex Grid with comfort foam and a layer of independently responsive coils. It makes for a hypoallergenic, non-toxic mattress that stays temperature neutral, responds instantly to movements and eases pressure point pain with superior support. The combination of materials, and particularly the Gelflex Grid, have the necessary flexibility to bend nicely with adjustable bases. Plus, this 13-inch mattress comes with the choice of a firm or soft feel to suit different sleep positions.

Purple offers a hefty discount when you pair the Restore Premier with its smart base. One note — it’s available in queen, king and California king sizes only.

What our experts say: “The Purple RestorePremier Hybrid Mattress is frankly unlike any other bed I’ve ever slept on, and in the best possible way,” says executive editor Dave Johnson. “Thanks to Purple’s signature GelFlex Grid, a dense grid of squishy, rubbery material that sits above the springs, the bed is deliciously comfortable. I like a somewhat softer mattress, and this one hits the spot — while also keeping me cool all night and isolating my movements from my partner. This is my favorite mattress of all time.”

Pros:

Plush, yet bouncy feelProvides excellent pressure reliefPurple’s grid bends nicely with an adjustable bed

Cons:

Expensive; priced over $3,000

Best Latex Mattress For Adjustable Beds

A Dual-Sided Option With Buoyant Comfort

Saatva Zenhaven (Queen)

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Type: Latex | Trial: 365 nights | Key features: Flippable design, choice of firmness, temperature neutral, lifetime warranty | Firmness: Luxury plush on one side, gentle firm on the other

With its flippable design, the Zenhaven latex mattress gives sleepers a choice of Luxury Plush or Gentle Firm feels. The zoned latex layer has all the hallmarks of this material, including a gentle buoyancy, impressive durability and excellent support and pressure relief. It also flexes well so you can enjoy all the positions of your adjustable base. Latex is temperature neutral, and Saatva takes it one step further with perforations for even better breathability.

The Zenhaven is available in a split king. Saatva offers a $100 savings if you add an adjustable base to your mattress purchase.

What our experts say: “Great for eco-conscious back and stomach sleepers, the flippable Zenhaven gives sleepers two chances to find their favorite firmness level — or change as they wish between the two. One side is a medium-firm while the other is a true firm, even though the brand uses language like gentle and plush,” says Dillon.

Pros:

Bouncy, buoyant feelFlippable design give you two firmnesses in oneAvailable in upper-flex king

Cons:

Some lightweight side sleepers felt it didn’t provide enough pressure relief MORE FROMFORBES VETTED

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Sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon have tested over 100 mattresses, including many of our recommendations above. Chapman and Dillon are also certified sleep coaches. We consulted Dr. Mara Vucich, D.O., a physiatrist with The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center, and Christine Prizina, a physical therapist with St. Mary’s Home Care in Reno. They gave insight on who benefits the most from adjustable beds. We’ve published an extensive library of sleep and mattress guides that span everything from the best split king adjustable beds to the best smart beds. We routinely update this guide to keep our advice up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. It was last updated in January 2024 to rename our best affordable pick.

How We Chose The Best Mattresses For Adjustable Beds

To inform our search for the best mattresses for adjustable beds, we first interviewed health experts about what features are most important to consider. We then started with models from mattress brands we’ve tried and tested like Nectar, Dreamcloud, Saatva and Tempur-Pedic. As we narrowed the list down further, we compared each bed’s construction, firmness and key features like motion isolation and pressure relief to see which beds offered the best combination of flexibility, comfort and support.

Lastly, we made sure to include adjustable mattresses suitable for a variety of budgets, preferences and sleep styles. We named picks for budget-conscious shoppers, memory foam lovers, hot sleepers and everyone in between.

Benefits Of An Adjustable Bed

Adjustable beds — and by proxy, adjustable mattresses — are great for people with mobility issues, those who snore or sleepers who experience acid reflux. “As you lay flat, stomach acid can make its way up to the esophagus and that causes the heartburn feeling. Elevating the top of the mattress can help prevent that acid from backing up.”

Vucich and Prizina also agree that adjustable beds can be particularly beneficial for those with back pain. “Lying flat on your back flat increases tension in your muscles and joints,” she says. “Because the adjustable base allows you to raise your upper body and legs, it can help you find a sleep position that helps decrease pain and tension.”

But it’s not just those with back pain who benefit. “Adjustable bases also help maintain the natural curve in your spine, which helps decrease symptoms such as numbness and tingling,” Prizina says. Some bases have a zero gravity setting, which helps distribute the weight more evenly to decrease back pain and even promote better circulation. That also benefits people who experience lower extremity swelling. “Elevating the feet above the heart can help increase circulation to minimize that fluid retention,” says Prizina.

What if you’re one of the lucky few without these health concerns? Prizina recommends adjustable bases across the board. “At the very least, it makes for a more comfortable way to read or watch television,” she says. One caveat — she says that adjustable bases are likely not the best choice for stomach sleepers, but points out that it’s not the healthiest sleep position to begin with. Back and side sleepers, however, should benefit from an adjustable base’s ability to support the spine’s natural curve. “It’s the easiest way to find a more comfortable position faster, without fidgeting with pillow placement,” Prizina says.

What To Consider When Shopping For A Mattress For Adjustable Beds

Shopping for a mattress that will enhance all the features of an adjustable base means keeping a few extra considerations in mind. Here are the things you’ll want to consider.

Materials

Mattresses made with memory foam and latex, as well as some hybrids, tend to work well on an adjustable base. Memory foam layers flex well as the base inclines, so you can maximize the benefits of different positions. Latex, meanwhile, is naturally flexible, so it has the same ability to curve with a base. Hybrid mattresses that include individually-wrapped coils also respond well to the movement of adjustable bases.

However, long-term performance should also be a consideration when you’re buying a mattress for an adjustable base. Since mattresses are generally engineered to lay flat, those made with inferior materials may degrade faster as they’re moved up and down. Prioritizing high-quality materials and reputable brands is the best way to ensure your mattress will last a long time.

Thickness

Be mindful of mattress height. A too-tall mattress won’t have the flexibility to bend properly with a base, causing it to “float” instead of curve — largely negating the benefits. There’s no hard rule, but mattress companies generally advise a height of no more than 13 inches. If you’re considering a mattress that’s not on this list, make a point of checking with the manufacturer before purchasing to ensure a particular mattress is compatible with an adjustable base.

Split King Or Split Upper

Some adjustable bases consist of a single frame that allows for foot or head tilting (or both). Others are split, either at the top or down the entire base, for independent control on both sides of the bed. To ensure you can maximize this feature to its fullest, it’s important to find the right mattress.

A split king mattress is really just two twin XLs, which allows for personalized comfort and adjustability on both sides. It also cuts down on motion transfer. However, the crevice between the mattresses can make cuddling in bed a challenge, and you may feel like you have double the work when you change the sheets. Split king mattresses with adjustable bases are also expensive.

A split upper (also known as a split head) is a regular king mattress with a split that only extends down the mattress about halfway, allowing for adjustment at the head of the mattress only. That limits the amount of personalized adjusting you can do and means you’ll need to find a base to match.

Trial And Warranty Policies

No matter what kind of base you have, the true test of a mattress is sleeping on it. Look for brands that offer reasonable sleep trial periods so you have plenty of time to put your mattress to the test. That’s the best way of ensuring you not only sleep comfortably, but that you can also make the most of your adjustable base.

As for warranties, they shouldn’t be considered as a make-or-break factor. Still, it’s helpful to be aware of what a company offers in terms of coverage, so check the fine print before making a purchase.

What Type Of Mattress Is Best For Adjustable Beds?

Memory foam, latex and some hybrid mattresses tend to be great options for adjustable beds since they have the flexibility to curve with the base. The key is choosing a mattress that’s made with high-quality materials to ensure long-term support and durability. That’s why we recommend the Nectar Premier as the best adjustable mattress overall. Its all-foam construction and 7-inch base layer helps it flex as needed while maintaining enough stability for long-term use.

How Thick Should A Mattress Be For An Adjustable Bed?

While there is no definitive standard for mattress thickness on adjustable bases, be wary of going too tall. Most mattress companies advise a mattress height no taller than about 13 inches, though that’s not a hard and fast rule. A mattress that’s too thick won’t flex as much and limits how effectively it can move on the base.

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